Harmony Hall set to celebrate old-timey Christmas

Erin Smith Staff Writer

December 5, 2013

WHITE OAK — Harmony Hall Plantation, located in White Oak along the Cape Fear River, will be teeming with life and comes alive with the strains of Christmas tidings on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday Dec. 8, when the historic site will hold a Christmas Open House.

The open house will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 4 p.m. Sunday.

The 18th century house was once occupied by Col. James A. Richardson and his family. The house and other buildings located on the property will be open to the public. The festivities will be held on the grounds, located at 1615 River Road just outside of White Oak.

Visitors will experience reenactment groups and crafters, period decorations and costumes, blacksmithing, colonial weapons demonstrations, colonial craftsmen and artists at work, children’s games and doll making.

“There will be a re-enactment of the occupation of Cornwallis,” said Field Marshal Bobby Lewis.

Lewis said the house will also be decorated for the holidays, thanks to the assistance of the East Bladen High School History Club. There will be period decorations including apple fan wreaths over doors and simple wreaths on windows throughout the house.

There will also be outdoor cooking demonstrations and chicken bog will be served to the public. Giant bonfires will be lit at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Volunteer tour guides are still needed and will be trained Sunday, Dec. 8, between 2 and 4 p.m. To volunteer call Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132 (costumes are not required).